The Platoon Advantage and Other Cubs News on the Eve of Opening Day

The front office has constructed a balanced roster for Rick Renteria to start the season. The Cubs will begin the year with six left-handed bats, six right-handed bats and a switch hitter. And look for Renteria to mix and match his lineup often this season. Jed Hoyer addressed the platoon advantage on Saturday morning during […]

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Cubs Place Arrieta and Fujikawa on 15-Day DL, McDonald on 60-Day DL

The Cubs made the procedural moves Sunday in order to finalize the Opening Day roster and the first 40-man roster of the season. Jake Arrieta was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 21 with right shoulder tightness. Instead of starting Kyuji Fujikawa on the 60-day DL to start the season, Fujikawa was placed […]

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Cubs Name Carlos Villanueva Fifth Starter, Chris Rusin Optioned to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have decided to start the season with Carlos Villanueva in the rotation. Villanueva will slot in behind Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. Villanueva’s first start will be on April 6 against the Phillies. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and will begin his season […]

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Cubs Release Ryan Roberts, Reassign Chris Coghlan to Minor League Camp

The Cubs officially trimmed their spring roster to 30 players on Thursday after reassigning Chris Coghlan to minor league camp and releasing Ryan Roberts. The Cubs set the position player side of the Opening Day roster when Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish were told they made the team. Chris Coghlan and Ryan Roberts were informed […]

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The Roster, The Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

Officially, the Cubs have 34 players on their Spring Training roster, but only 31 of those players are healthy and one has not played in a big league game since March 2. The deadline to unconditionally release players with non-guaranteed contracts and pay only a quarter of their salary is Wednesday at 1:00pm CDT. So, […]

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Blue Jays Reportedly Still Talking to the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija

According to a report from Bruce Levine, at least 15 scouts were on hand to watch Jeff Samardzija face the Mariners on Thursday afternoon at Cubs Park. Levine reported during the broadcast on Cubs.com with Mick Gillispie that the Blue Jays are pushing hard for Samardzija. The Blue Jays had three scouts at Thursday’s game […]

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Are the Cubs Still Hoping Mike Olt Will Grab the Third Base Job? And Other News and Notes

Mike Olt said he was feeling better prior to Tuesday’s game after receiving a massage and treatment on his right shoulder. And he proved it against his former team. Olt hit a two-run homer off of Alexi Ogando and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Mike Olt and Rick Renteria said Tuesday that […]

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The Predictable Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was back in the rumor mill Monday, that is if he ever left. The unbelievable amount of pitching injuries throughout the league has contenders scrambling to fill holes in their rotations. And teams that were once interested in trading for Samardzija could reopen those discussions. Jeff Samardzija has been named the Cubs Opening […]

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Cubs Lose McDonald to Injury and the Exhibition Game to the A’s – Athletics 6, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Twenty-One – Cubs (ss) 2, Athletics 6 WP – Joe Savery (1-0) LP – Yao-Lin Wang (0-1) Save – None James McDonald exited Monday’s game in Phoenix after only his second pitch of the day and his early departure set a tone for the afternoon. The Cubs were never in the exhibition […]

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Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/17/14

Spring Training Game Twenty: Cubs (ss) (9-10) vs. Angels (ss) (8-9) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Edwin Jackson (0-2, 7.20, 1.40) vs. Joe Blanton (1-1, 7.59, 1.31) Spring Training Game Twenty-One: Cubs (ss) (9-10) vs. Athletics (8-9) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT […]

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